Here at our office, the company-provided granola bars are at a premium. Those who arrive at the office early every morning get the lay of the land, patrolling the newsroom like hawks in search of prey. When a popular flavor is located, it's snatched up in an instant, never to be seen again (well, at least until it's restocked).

We decided to round up the best-sounding granola bars to conduct a blind taste test and determine which actually taste the best. Twenty-four brands and flavors were tested, ranging from the fruit-and-nut-heavy KIND bars to the classic Quaker granola bars. Winners and losers were crowned, and some tears were shed.

To clarify, these are not energy bars. You won't find any Luna Bars or Larabars here -- these are straight-on snack bars made of nuts, granola, rice and grains.

What we learned most from this taste test: Read the ingredients that we have listed for you in each slide (make sure you scroll down to read them). Some brands feature just a handful, while others' lists are extensive. And painfully hard to pronounce. As you probably already know, you may want to steer clear of those. Keep in mind that our taste test was done blindly, so our tasters' rankings do not correspond with how healthy any of these bars are.

Check out the slideshow below to find the winners and losers.

As always, this taste test was in no way sponsored or influenced by the brands included.

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  • #1: KIND Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants

    <b>190 calories, 13g fat, 3g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Love this. Great tartness from the cranberries." "Give this to me for breakfast tomorrow, please." "Nice, but maybe too much honey." "It's like a nutty fruit leather -- great." <b>Ingredients:</b> Almonds, dried cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), macadamias, honey, non GMO glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin, Vitamins: Vitamin A Acetate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit C), D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

  • #2: TrueBar Fruit & Nut

    <b>170 calories, 8g fat, 3g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Very berry-like. Love this." "Oh, I like you! Not too sweet." "It almost feels like chewing sweet air." <b>Ingredients:</b> Brown rice syrup, almonds, rice crisp (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), evaporated cane juice, dried cranberries, raisins, chia seeds, agave nectar, walnuts, hazelnuts, brown rice flour, pecans, pumpkin seeds, inulin, soybean lecithin, sea salt, expeller pressed canola oil.

  • #3: KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt

    <b>200 calories, 15g fat, 6g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "This is like a delicious candy bar, but not necessarily what I want from a granola bar." "Nice saltiness. I love the whole nuts." "Tasty, maybe a little salty." "Surprisingly salty." <b>Ingredients:</b> Mixed nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts), chicory root fiber, honey, palm kernel oil, sugar, crisp rice, cocoa powder, non GMO glucose, sea salt, soy lecithin, milk powder, vanilla extract.

  • #4: KIND Almond & Apricot

    <b>190 calories, 11g fat, 3g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Sweet, sticky and almondy. Delicious." "A lot of coconut." "Nice texture, and great apricot flavor, but a tad too sweet." <b>Ingredients:</b> Almonds, dried coconut, apricots [apricot paste, glycerol (vegetable based), pectin, citrus fiber, citric acid], honey, non GMO glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin.

  • #5: Quaker Chewy Oatmeal Raisin

    <b>90 calories, 1.5g fat, 1g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Pleasantly sweet, but I'm not sure this would be satisfying enough to fill an afternoon craving." "Good crunch, but too dry." "I like the cinnamon and the crunchy/chewy texture." "Puffed cereal, so it's not really a granola bar, but it's still good." <b>Ingredients:</b> Granola (whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, crisp rice, whole grain rolled wheat, soybean oil, whole wheat flour, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, caramel color, nonfat dry milk), corn syrup, brown rice crisp, raisins, oatmeal cookie pieces (sugar, enriched flour, oats, soybean and/or palm oils, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, salt, sodium bicarbonate), sugar, corn syrup solids, glycerin, invert sugar, soybean oil. Contains 2% or less of sorbitol, calcium carbonate, fructose, salt, molasses, coy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, cinnamon, creamed coconut, BHT, water, citric acid.

  • #6: KIND Fruit & Nuts In Yogurt

    <b>210 calories, 12g fat, 4g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Exactly what I want from a granola bar." "Not a fan of the sugar coating." "Nutty, fruity -- the perfect balance." <b>Ingredients:</b> Mixed nuts (peanuts, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts), dried fruit (raisins, apricots [apricot paste, glycerol (vegetable based), pectin, citrus fiber, citric acid], dates), yogurt compound [sugar, palm kernel oil, skim milk powder, skim yogurt powder, soy lecithin], honey, chicory fiber, non GMO glucose, puffed rice, flax seeds, soy lecithin.

  • #7: TrueBar Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry

    <b>150 calories, 7g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Wow, love this. Well, until the aftertaste. But that's not SO bad." "Oooh. Love fruit and macadamia nut flavor." "Tastes like a vegan dessert." <b>Ingredients:</b> Hazelnuts, brown rice syrup, dried cherries, rice crisp (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), evaporated cane juice, dark chocolate chip (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), stave nectar, chia seeds, brown rice flour, inulin, soybean lecithin, natural flavors, sea salt, expeller pressed canola oil.

  • #8: Planters NUTrition: Cranberry Almond Peanut

    <b>160 calories, 8g fat, 5g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Nice combination of sweet and salty." "Tastes natural, nutritious and good. I love this." <b>Ingredients:</b> Peanuts, whole grain rolled oats, almonds, corn syrup, crisped rice (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt, caramel color, mixed tocopherols, evaporated cane juice invert syrup, peanut butter (roasted ground peanuts), dried cranberries, sugar, brown sugar, containes less than 2% of soy lecithin, oligofructose, salt, vegetable oil, malic acid, TBHQ.

  • #9: Quaker Peanut Butter Chip

    <b>100 calories, 3g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Great for peanut butter lovers." "Good, but I'm bored." "Tastes like a Reese's peanut butter cup!" <b>Ingredients:</b> GRANOLA (WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, BROWN SUGAR, CRISP RICE [RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, SALT, MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT], WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED WHEAT, SOYBEAN OIL, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SOY LECITHIN, CARAMEL COLOR, NONFAT DRY MILK), CORN SYRUP, BROWN RICE CRISP (WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE, SUGAR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, SALT), PEANUT BUTTER SPREAD (PEANUTS, SUGAR, PALM OIL, SALT), SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA EXTRACT), INVERT SUGAR, PEANUT FLAVORED CHIPS (SUGAR, PALM KERNEL AND PALM OIL, PARTIALLY DEFATTED PEANUT FLOUR, LACTOSE, DRY WHEY, DEXTROSE, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, VANILLIN [ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR]), CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, GLYCERIN. CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, SORBITOL, SALT, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BHT (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID.

  • #10: Nature's Path Mmmaple Pecan

    <b>150 calories, 6g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Too dry and light ... very rice-crispy-like." "Love the buttery stickiness, it must be terrible for you." "Too sweet and sticky." "I don't love it, but I'd eat it." <b>Ingredients:</b> Granola (rolled oats, evaporated cane juice, soy oil), tapioca syrup, pecans, brown rice flour, maple icing [evaporated cane juice, palm kernel oil and/or cocoa butter, cultured buttermilk powder (skim milk, starter culture), flavor, non-fat dried milk, citric acid, caramel color, natural maple flavor, sea salt, soy lecithin, annatto extract, tapioca starch], invert cane syrup, dried coconut, flaxseeds, acacia gum, soy oil, sea salt, evaporated cane juice, maple syrup, natural maple flavor, molasses.

  • #11: SnackWell's Cinnamon Raisin

    <b>140 calories, 5g fat, 8g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "This tastes like a cinnamon bun, but I still like it." "Okay, this is a cinnamon one I like. But it's dessert." "It's like cinnamon and vanilla punched me in the mouth." <b>Ingredients:</b> Soy crisp (soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt), maltitol syrup, sugar, soy protein concentrate, whole grain rolled oats, roasted soybeans, fractionated palm kernel oil, corn syrup, raisins, nonfat milk, high oleic sunflower oil, crisped rice [rice flour, sugar, malted barley extract, salt, caramel color, mixed tocopherols (to help protect flavor)], butter (cream, salt), oligofructose and polydextrose, contains less than 2% of calcium caseinate, cinnamon, nonfat yogurt powder, whey, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, dextrose, salt, maltodextrin, palm oil, caramel color, nono- and diglycerides, sucralose, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, ferric phosphate, niacinamide, zinc oxide, vitamin B6, vitamin A palmate, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, vitamin B12.

  • #12: Nature Valley Trail Mix: Cranberry & Pomegranate

    <b>130 calories, 3g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Dry." "Pretty lame." "An overpowering fruit flavor, though I can't figure out which fruit because it's artificial." <b>Ingredients:</b> Whole grain oats, high maltose corn syrup, rice crisps (rice flour, sugar, barley malt extract, salt calcium carbonate, mixed tocopherols added to retain freshness), sugar, almonds, honey, dried cranberries, fructose, canola oil, maltodextrin, dried pomegranate arils, soy lecithin, salt, baking soda, natural flavor.

  • #13: Planters NUTrition Energy Bars

    <b>170 calories, 9g fat, 5g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Too much peanut!" "Why do these peanuts taste fake?" "Tastes like chocolate-covered pretzels, which is great but not a granola bar." <b>Ingredients:</b> Peanuts, corn syrup, crisped rice (rice flour, sugar, malted barley extract, salt, caramel color, mixed tocopherols), evaporated cane juice invert syrup, peanut butter, almonds, sugar, whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, milk protein concentrate, contains less than 2% of soy lecithin, salt, cocoa, honey, cocoa, vegetable oil, xanthan gum, natural flavors, TBHQ.

  • #14: Nature Valley Chewy Granola Bars: Dark Chocolate & Nut

    <b>140 calories, 4g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Enjoyable. Actually tastes like granola." "Cardboard + honey." "The chewiness inside is a little off-putting." <b>Ingredients:</b> Whole grain oats, high maltose corn syrup, semisweet chocolate chunks (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), rice crisps (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt), honey roasted peanuts, raisins, sugar, fructose, canola oil, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, salt, baking soda, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols added to retain freshness.

  • #15: 18 Rabbits Funky Figs And Cherries

    <b>220 calories, 8g fat, 4g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Didn't get much flavor from this." "REALLY sticky." "Pleasantly restrained." "This tastes really healthy, in a good way." <b>Ingredients:</b> Veritas granola (whole grain rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, maple syrup, sunflower oil, honey, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, cacao nibs), tapioca syrup, figs, cherries, rice flour.

  • #16: Cascadian Farm Chewy Granola Bars: Peanut Butter Chip

    <b>140 calories, 4g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Gooey, syrupy, mild and delicious. BUT it doesn't taste enough like peanut butter." "Too sticky. Do not like." "Too dessert-like, but the coating is sort of addictive." "Not really exciting, but exactly what you're looking for in a granola bar." <b>Ingredients:</b> Granola (rolled oats, brown rice syrup, sugar, sunflower oil, sea salt, baking soda, vanilla), tapioca syrup, peanut butter chips (sugar, cocoa butter, partially defatted peanut flour, sea salt, cocoa, soy lecithin), crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, sea salt, malt extract, annatto color), dry roasted peanuts, rice maltodextrin, soy lecithin, sunflower oil, natural flavor, sea salt.

  • #17: Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut: Almond

    <b>160 calories, 7g fat, 3g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "I don't like the milky layer, it's too much like sweetened condensed milk." "Sigh. I just don't need white chocolate, ever." "Delicious, but too sweet." <b>Ingredients:</b> Almonds, whole grain oats, high maltose corn syrup, sugar, tapioca syrup, rice flour, palm kernel oil, whole grain wheat, fructose, honey roasted almond butter, canola oil, maltodextrin, salt, soy lecithin, reduced minerals whey, nonfat milk, barley malt extract, baking soda, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols added to retain freshness.

  • #18: Fiber One Chewy Bars: Oats & Strawberries

    <b>140 calories, 3g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Pleasant berry flavor." "Pleasantly sticky, I like the fruit flavor." "Too sweet." "Tastes like children's medicine." " <b>Ingredients:</b> Chicory root extract, whole grain oats, natural strawberry flavored fruit pieces (sugar, cranberries, citric acid, natural flavor, elderberry juice concentrate, sunflower oil, soy lecithin), rice flour, high maltose corn syrup, barley flakes, sugar, almond pieces, honey, canola oil, maltodextrin, glycerin, tricalcium phosphate, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, salt, fructose, cocoa processed with alkali, malt extract, baking soda, natural flavor, caramel color, milk, mixed tocopherols added to retain freshness.

  • #19: Kellogg's FiberPlus Dark Chocolate Almond

    <b>130 calories, 5g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Too chocolatey! Never thought I'd say that." "Well, it's a granola bar. And it has chocolate on it. So boring." "Too much chocolate." "Tastes like cheap chocolate." <b>Ingredients:</b> Chicory root fiber, rolled oats, crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt, mixed tocopherols for freshness), sugar, roasted almonds, inulin from chicory root, semisweet chocolate drops (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, milk fat, soy lecithin, confectioner's glaze], shellac, hydrogenated coconut oil]), vegetable oil (hydrogenated and/or partially hydrogenated palm kernel, coconut and palm oil), fructose, canola oil, contains two percent or less of honey, chocolate, cocoa, glycerin, tricalcium phosphate, whey, salt, baking soda, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 60, vitamin E acetatee, gum arabic, zinc oxide, nonfat dry milk, wheat starch, partially defatted peanut flour, soy protein isolate, BHT.

  • #20: Kashi Chewy Granola Bars: Cherry Dark Chocolate

    <b>120 calories, 2g fat, 5g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Hard, dry and flavorless." "Meh. Dry." "Seems healthy, not too adulterated." "Strange bitter flavor." <b>Ingredients:</b> Rolled whole grain blend (hard red wheat, oats, rye, triticale, barley), brown rice syrup, cherries, semisweet chocolate (evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), soy protein isolate, soy grits, evaporated cane juice crystals, chicory root fiber, evaporated cane juice syrup, honey, corn flour, expeller pressed canola oil, rice starch, vegetable clyverin, oat fiber, evaporated salt, Kashi seven whole grains and sesame blend (whole: hard red wheat, oats, rye, barley, triticale, brown rice, buckwheat, sesame seeds), natural flavors, molasses, soy lecithin, whey protein isolate, almond flour, peanut flour.

  • #21: Kellogg's Special K Bar: Strawberry

    <b>90 calories, 1.5g fat, less than 1g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Pure sugar." "All sugar." "Oddly flaky and just too sweet." <b>Ingredients:</b> Cereal (rice, whole grain wheat, sugar, wheat bran, soluble wheat fiber, salt, malt flavoring, maltodextrin, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin), corn syrup, soluble corn fiber, fructose, strawberry flavored fruit pieces, sugar, vegetable oil (soybean and palm oil with TBHQ for freshness, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil), maltodextrin, contains two percent or less of dextrose, sorbitol, glycerin, nonfat dry milk, natural and artificial strawberry flavor, soy lecithin, salt, natural and artificial flavor, niacinamide, color added, pyridoxine hydrochloride, BHT.

  • #22: Annie's Organic Berry Berry Chewy Granola Bars

    <b>120 calories, 3g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Boring and dry." "Boring cardboard." "Boring." "Uber-sweet and no real flavor." <b>Ingredients:</b> Organic toasted whole oats (organic whole oats, organic cane syrup, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil), organic brown rice syrup, organic rice crisp (organic rice flour, organic cane sugar), organic palm oil, organic dried berries (organic blueberries, organic cranberries, organic cane sugar, organic expeller pressed sugar, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil), organic tapioca starch, natural flavor.

  • #23: Fiber One Chewy Bars: Oats & Caramel

    <b>140 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Horrible fake maple smell. Almost knocked me out." "No thank you, fake maple syrup." "Too sweet." "I feel like I'm drinking a Starbucks coffee-flavored syrup." <b>Ingredients:,/b> Chicory root extract, whole grain oats, caramel flavored drops (sugar, fractionated palm kernel and palm oil, reduced minerals whey, nonfat milk, dextrose, salt, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, color), rice flour, barley flakes, high maltose corn syrup, sugar, vegetable oil (canola, fractionated palm kernel, soybean), honey, maltodextrin, glycerin, tricalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, salt, fructose, malt extract, color, reduced minerals whey, baking soda, natural and artificial flavor, nonfat milk, mixed tocopherols and BGA added to retain freshness.

  • #24: Kellogg's Special K Bar: Raspberry Cheesecake

    <b>90 calories, 2g fat, less than 1g protein</b> <b>Comments:</b> "Artificial. Blech." "Whoa, there's a weird floral fake fruit flavor." "This is just like sugary cereal." "Tastes like overly artificial yogurt." <b>Ingredients:</b> Cereal (rice, whole grain wheat, sugar, wheat bran, soluble wheat fiber, salt, malt flavoring, maltodextrin, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, reduced iron, folic acid), sugar, soluble corn fiber, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm kernel, palm and soybean oil with TBHQ for freshness) corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, wheat flour, contains two percent or less of sorbitol, glycerin, nonfat milk, raspberry puree concentrate, natural and artificial flavors, whole wheat, soy lecithin, molasses, wheat gluten, salt, beet juice powder for color, wheat germ, citric acid, color added, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, reduced iron, red 40, blue 1, BHT.